Published at Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:52:25 +0000
There isn’t much grape to select compared to a normal year because there has been loss due to frost, sometimes there’s just one lot on a vine, but otherwise the summer was quite dry and sunny, with even some kind of drought overall (the Cher river is extremely low for example) in the region although it’s OK for vines. The weather was sunny and mild that day, but the previous day there was a peak of 36 ° C (96.8 F) in the area, everyone who could afford remained indoors. Paul says if the heat had lasted longer he would have postponed the picking, the maturity doesn’t move forward under temperature that is real.
That’s it, the picking has started a couple of days back in the Loire, namely in this corner of the Cher valley and Touraine. Paul Gillet and Corinne of Les Maisons Brûlées spent the afternoon picking the grapes in a large parcel under
the farm. Here Paul chats with the
pickers as they help load a few boxes of Gamay on the tractor. The domaine is farmed organic/biodynamic, its wines being vinified without correction and the owners are active in the tiny biodynamic group in the valley, doing preps in ordinary and studying with fellow growers. Here’s a visual representation of what it is like to select in a little wine farm…
(I was to recognize a few individuals there too). The grass was high and I put the end of my trousers as you can get ticks in the outside.
I had parked the motorbike near the farm (this was a nice weather to ride) and walked down the parcel, that’s where they were supposed to be busy picking but I didn’t see anyone and called Paul; actually with the mild slope they were all hidden by the bump in the middle of the vineyard and I stopped finding them, a happy group of maybe 15 people including Paul, Corinne and their son Léo
Asset-image at-xid-6a00d8341c018253ef01b7c91da6a6970b img-responsive” alt=”1maisons_brulees_picking_staff_paul_gillet” title=”1maisons_brulees_picking_staff_paul_gillet” src=”http://fotservis.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c018253ef01b7c91da6a6970b-640wi”/>Paul Discussing with Michel
Pouillé-sur-Cher, Touraine (Loire)